Rila Sign System Rila

The Rila Sign System is an alternative alphabet for Russian, English, Spanish and other languages devised by Stefan Stoynov. He invented it because he finds writing text messages (SMS) in Bulgarian on a mobile phone rather difficult and he thought there might be a better way to do this. This sign system is designed to be easy to enter on a keypad and uses a small number of symbols that correspond to letters in the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets.

Notable features

  • Type of writing system: alphabet
  • Used to write: Russian, English, Spanish and other languages
  • Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines

Rila Sign System

Rila Sign System

  • The number of the sign forms doubles through: another font size; another color of the signs or horizontal line under them.
  • All signs have numerical correspondences which are designate from the outside of the table, as well as for the doubled signs they are from 50 to 99.
  • The specific meanings of the signs from 50 to 99 are designate in figurative brackets for the different applications.

Examples for applications of the sign system

United presentation of the European alphabets and some linguistic combinations of letters

A United presentation of the European alphabets and some linguistic combinations of letters in the Rila Sign System

  • The alphabetic systems include the varieties of the Latin and Cyrillic alphabet, as well as the Greek.
  • The Greek alphabet is presented through her hand-written letters.
  • The distribution of the letters and the combinations of letters is according to method for entering which is realizable by mobile, computer, transport and tactile keyboard.
  • The combinations of letters relate to English, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese languages.

Sample text in Rila (English)

Sample text in the Rila Sign System in English

Transliteration

Time is in us and we are in time, it changes us and we change it.
Vasil Levski

Sample text in Rila (Spanish)

Sample text in the Rila Sign System in Spanish

Transliteration

El tiempo está en nosotros y nosotros estamos en el tiempo. Nos cambia y lo cambiamos.
Vasil Levski

Sample text in Rila (Russian)

Sample text in the Rila Sign System in Russian

Transliteration

Время находится в нас и мы находимся во времени, оно нас меняет и мы меняем его.
Васил Левский

Sample text in Rila (Greek)

Sample text in the Rila Sign System in Greek

Transliteration

Ο χρόνος είναι μέσα μας και είμαστε στο χρόνο. Αυτό αλλάζω εμάς και εμείς αλλάζω αυτό.
Βασίλ Λέβσκι

Phonetic signs

Denotation of an exemplary system of phonetic signs (English).

Denotation of an exemplary system of phonetic signs (English).

Sample text in Rila (phonetic)

Sample text in the Rila Sign System (phonetic)

Transliteration

[taim iz in ʌs ænd wi: ɑːr in taim, it ˈtʃeɪndʒɪz ʌs ænd wi: tʃeɪndʒ it.]
Vasil Levski

More details

- More applications of the Rila Sign System (PDF)
- An article about the Rila Sign System (PDF, in Bulgarian)

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